If you’re looking for a book that is easy to follow and happens in a clear order, then this is not the book for you. Jennifer Egan becomes the Tarantino of authors in this fascinating book that analyzes the lives of a group of teenagers who are a bunch of punk rock kids in San Francisco and follows them through their adulthood.
At first, I had a really hard time with the book. I couldn’t remember who was who and couldn’t keep up with where in time each story took place. Once I let go of trying to follow it as one overall story and simply enjoyed each chapter as an individual vignette, I grew to really appreciate Egan’s keen storytelling abilities.
One of the coolest sections of the book is where you are guided through the childhood experiences by one of the characters through a Power Point presentation. I didn’t think it was possible to tell a deeply emotional story through Power Point slides, but I was delightfully proven wrong. It was one of the most unique storytelling techniques I had ever experienced in a novel.
So, if you love books with really strong character development and don’t mind being taken on what seems to be a random ride through time, this is the book for you.
I was really excited to read this book. It was recommended to me by a coworker at our very first office book swap, which I’m pumped to be a part of. Our next one is in a week or so and I’m excited to see what everyone has to offer!
Next up: Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In by Roger Fisher, William Ury, & Bruce Patton